Today’s #ThrillerThursday takes a Halloween night festival and throws in some murder, anonymous threats, an explosion, and a chilling investigation with SHATTER THE NIGHT by Emily Littlejohn. A new addition to the series, Gemma Monroe, a small-town Colorado police detective, is back with even more murder to solve. “Digging into the death of a friend […]
Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are perfect for Agatha Christie, Louise Penny, and Deborah Crombie fans! HARVEST OF SECRETS: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby “Genealogy, history, and murder combine in a tale of passion and hatred.”—Kirkus Reviews “Crosby is a steady hand in unraveling the tangled subplots, and she populates Lucie’s world with sympathetic secondary […]
Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads! We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date! September 2015 #7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson August 2015 #2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny #5 […]
Thank you for voting Sarah Addison Allen’s latest, FIRST FROST, onto the January 2015 LibraryReads list! This is Addison Allen’s SECOND appearance on the LibraryReads list — LOST LAKE debuted on the January 2014 list. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen […]
Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks: September 2013 #1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell #2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny November 2013 #2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming #8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry […]
It's time to celebrate another batch of book birthdays! Today we wish a very happy #BookBday to:
THE BALLAD OF BARNABAS PIERKIEL by Magdalena Zyzak
Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, Zyzak's "wild ride" (Library Journal) of a debut novel follows the misadventures of a young swineherd, Barnabas, and his short-legged steed, Wilhelm, as they try to woo a voluptuous Gypsy concubine. After the mysterious death of an important figure in the community, a witch-hunt ensues, and the tide starts to turn in Barnabas's beloved hometown.
THE RISE OF THE TUDORS: The Family That Changed English History by Chris Skidmore
With all the relentless deceit, betrayal, treason and bloodshed in a season of "Game of Thrones," British historian Skidmore unfurls the epic story of the Tudor family. "An engrossing, probably definitive background to one of the most powerful dynasties in British history." – Kirkus Reviews
LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen
We know we're a week early, but we can't resist wishing this LibraryReads pick a happy birthday! “Allen’s trademark magic is woven throughout the story and can be found in the lake, the town, and the people, but at its heart, this story is about finding home—something we can all relate to.” – Ally Watkins, Central MS Regional Library System, Pearl MS
Now can we all have some cake, please?
FANTASTIC NEWS! LibraryReads just announced their January 2014 list and we're thrilled to have LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen as the #3 pick!
Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate has wonderful memories of Lost Lake, but she doesn't believe in dreams anymore. Kate's Aunt Eby, owner of Lost Lake, also feels like the magic is gone. She wants to sell the place and move on. But time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake. As Kate tries to bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life, she realizes that sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost... until they are found.
Early enthusiasm for LOST LAKE has been wonderful:
See the complete January list at LibraryReads.org.
Thank you to everyone who voted! Keep in mind with the holidays approaching that nominations for the February list will be upon us very soon (due January 1). Don't wait, nominate! Need help? We've got suggestions.
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In addition to reading recommendations for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday -- here's a reminder on how to get pre-approved on Edelweiss for Macmillan e-galleys:
To get Whitelisted on Edelweiss*:
1. Register for Edelweiss with your library-issued e-mail address.
2. Send Anne an email that includes the e-mail address you registered with, your full name, and your current library (subject: Edelweiss).
3. Wait for Anne to send you a confirmation message, then download to your heart's delight and nominate titles you love for LibraryReads
*Whitelisting is only available to librarians currently employed in the U.S.
Already whitelisted and ready to read? Great! Here are some of Anne’s favorite Spring 2014 titles:
If you loved “Fatal Attraction” and “Unfaithful,” read APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty
If you dig heartfelt love stories with a dose of Southern charm, read LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen (just have a tissue handy)
If you’re a fan of Richard Yates’s A GOOD SCHOOL and other literary coming-of-age stories, read THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS by Charles Finch
If you have a need for speed when you read (think Robert Ludlum’s Bourne books), don’t miss RUNNER by Patrick Lee
If you don’t mind gory mysteries with a touch of dark history, check out WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke
If you can’t get enough of Indiana Jones-like capers, read THE BLOOD OF ALEXANDER by Tom Wilde
If you like your mysteries inspired by real-life events, read PROVIDENCE RAG by Bruce DeSilva
If you enjoyed Irène Némirovsky’s SUITE FRANCAISE, check out another posthumously discovered masterwork: EXILES RETURN by Elisabeth de Waal
If you enjoy Elizabeth Strout, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jojo Moyes, read MIMI MALLOY, AT LAST! by Julia MacDonnell
If you’re a fan of Anita Shreve and Richard Russo, read THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene. Fun fact: it already has a starred pre-publication review from Library Journal
If you like stories about everlasting friendship, music, and going home again, read SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler
If you like unreliable narrators, read THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry
If you loved Michael Faber’s THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, read SEDITION by Katharine Grant
If you’re looking for THE next must-read for teens, check out THE HAVEN by librarian favorite, award-winning and critically acclaimed author, Carol Lynch Williams
Anne is now officially outta here and on the road! In the next few days you will find her assisting the academic marketing group at NCTE in Boston. If you’re there too - stop by booth #811-813 and give her a high-five and HUG. Then she'll be off cooking and crafting and hopefully sharing all of her creations with you! (She sees a lot of mug cakes in your future).
Today is the Tri-State Book Buzz (12:30-5pm EST, #bookbuzznyc) where Anne will be telling you all about the super fabulous upcoming titles listed below!
AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch
The seventh book in Finch’s bestselling Victorian mystery series, starring his intelligent and charming sleuth extraordinaire Charles Lenox.
ONCE UPON A LIE by Maggie Barbieri
In a dramatic departure from her Murder 101 series, Barbieri has written a riveting mystery about one burnt out mother's desperate determination to protect her family's future by facing down her past.
THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah
A standalone psychological suspense novel that is “Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word.” — Booklist, starred review
SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden
Survivors of a blizzard twelve years ago are being haunted by the memories of those who died. Stephen King said, "Throw away all those old ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ novels; this one is the real deal.”
APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty
A woman in the wrong place, at the wrong time with the wrong man—evocative of the psychological suspense and dangerous eroticism found in the blockbuster thrillers “Unfaithful” and “Fatal Attraction.”
THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry
A couple are restarting their lives five years after their son died in a tragic accident. But is the son really dead?
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
International politics are at play as an Egyptian agent, an American analyst, a CIA agent, and a bereaved wife all converge on Cairo to find out why a diplomat was assassinated.
DESTROYER ANGEL by Nevada Barr
In the next book in the Anna Pigeon series, Anna must rescue her four friends from armed thugs while on a camping trip with no access to the outside world and limited resources.
RUNNER by Patrick Lee
An explosive new thriller series starring retired special forces operative Sam Dryden. Library Journal called it “a high-tech thriller that’s hard to put down.”
NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
Brennan launches a new series starring investigative reporter Max Revere, a tough-as-nails lady with with her own TV show and a knack for solving cold cases.
DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons
In this highly anticipated debut thriller from board-certified urologist Parsons, a doctor is about to get his dream job at a Boston hospital when he learns his patient’s mysterious death was caused by a sociopath he knows.
WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke
Two gruesome murders take place half a world apart in Virginia and Norway and are somehow connected to The Book of John—a journal bound in human skin written by a sixteenth century serial murderer from Norway.
PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth
Rachel and Clara are two best friends who drift apart—until Rachel's job as a crime reporter leads her back to Clara, who turns out to be the missing person at the police press conference Rachel is covering.
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler
An outstanding debut selected by the ABA for the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program. Set in a small Midwest town, this deeply moving novel explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again.
THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene
Inspired by a personal loss, this is a beautifully written, haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst.
LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen
Newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin have come to the Lost Lake Cottages in Suley, Georgia to find closure and peace and also find second chances and happiness. Have your hanky handy.
Can't make it to NYC? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's the handout that went in everyone's gift bags. To those of you attending, see you soon!